German Language & Literature Major

The BA in German Language and Literature consists of FIVE core components:

1. Fourth-year Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate 4th-year proficiency in German. This can be accomplished by taking courses in the four-year language sequence (GER 1001, GER 1002, GER 1003, GER 1004, GER 2009, GER 2010, GER 2109W, and GER 2110W), placing into the advanced level on the placement exam, or transferring credit from the Advanced Placement exam. Majors can also take the intensive track (GER 1005 and GER 1006), which cover GER 1001 - GER 1004 in only two semesters.

2. Introductory German Literature and Culture (6 credit hours)

Students must take two of the following: GER 2091 / GER 2092 (Introduction to German Literature) or GER 2161 / GER 2162 (German Culture).

3. German Literature and Culture in English (6 credit hours)

Students must take two of the following: GER 2161, GER 2162 (if not taken above), GER 2165, GER 3181, GER 3182, GER 3183, GER 3184, or GER 3185. Note: you may also use GER 2111 (4th year Business German) to satisfy three of the required credit hours in this component.

4. German Literature and Culture in German (12 credit hours)

Students must take four of the following: GER 4171, GER 4172, GER 4173, GER 4174, or GER 4175.

5. Columbian College Requirements

Students must complete all major requirements for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Depending on the student's year, these will either be the General Curriculum Requirements (GCRs) or General Education: Perspective, Analysis, and Communication (G-PACs). Please consult with your advisor to confirm whether you must satisfy the GCR or G-PAC requirements. 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

One of the following options:
Option A:
GER 1005
GER 1006
Intensive Beginning German I
and Intensive Beginning German II
Option B:
GER 1001
GER 1002
First-Year German I
and First-Year German II
GER 1003
GER 1004
Second-Year German I
and Second-Year German II
GER 2009
GER 2010
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
GER 2109
GER 2110
Advanced Conversation and Composition
and Germany in the Age of Globalization
Two courses from the following:
GER 2091
GER 2092
Introduction to German Literature—in English I
and Introduction to German Literature—in English II
GER 2161
GER 2162
German Culture–in English I
and German Culture–in English II
Two courses from the following:
GER 2111Business German
GER 2161
GER 2162
German Culture–in English I
and German Culture–in English II (if not taken above)
GER 2165Twentieth-Century German Literature–in English
GER 3181History of German Cinema—in English
GER 3182The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney
GER 3183Berlin Before and After the Wall (in English)
GER 3184German Thought—in English
GER 3185Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience—in English
GER 3186German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (in English)
GER 3187German Cinema after 1945 (in English)
GER 3188The Lives of East Germans (in English)
Four courses from the following:
GER 3189Dealing with the Communist Past in Germany and Eastern Europe
GER 4171The Age of Goethe—in German (in German)
GER 4172From Romanticism to Realism (in German)
GER 4173Naturalism to Expressionism (in German)
GER 4174Inside/Outside the Third Reich (in German)
GER 4175Literature of two Germanies (in German)
GER 4176Contemporary German Literature (in German)

Major and Minor Advising

Margaret Gonglewski and Mary Beth Stein are the German advisors. Please note that our advisors do not teach over the summer. It is important that you make any appointments before the end of the spring semester, or instead wait until the start of the fall.